THERE is need for the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) to engage industry in order to raise awareness on the various statutory instruments regulating effluent discharge and sustainable environmental management, stakeholders have said.
A Cabinet committee recently laid the blame on municipalities, food, chemical and other industries for discharging harmful waste substances into the environment.
However, delegates at a Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI)/EMA workshop held in the capital yesterday concurred on the need for dialogue and engagement with regard to environmental management, as the challenges were more complex than they appear at face value.
The pervading economic challenges and capital expenditure requirements have left companies unable to comply with specific environmental regulations which had been set for June 30.
Chairman of CZI’s infrastructure committee Tafadzwa Choto said it would be important for industry to work closely with EMA to seek a win-win solution for all
The ultimate objective of the study is to analyse existing and approved by-laws, statutory instruments and levies on the manufacturing sector for the purpose of making clear the impact of these regulations.
CZI launched the State of the Manufacturing Sector Survey on the 8th of October 2014 at the Rainbow Towers, under the theme “Taking Industry To The Next Level”.